now he's back saying we're dating again, we're going to show up together. what's that about? >> remember that week when they first came together, the word from the campaign, the press was bold. >> it was bold. >> it was a bold pick. the idea was, you bring ryan in and he -- you make mitt romney, who's never been conservative, golden boy into a movement leader, an ideological leader. issue of medicare, which is a very delicate dance for them, especially in states like florida. i think what they've seen the last few weeks is the story is now about mitt romney personally, and by bringing ryan back in, they turn it back, they're hoping, into a story about the ideas, about the contrast, about the policies they're putting forward. >> well, john nichols, if you go back into ryan territory now, you do risk what's there, waiting for you. a friend of mine or a family member who's a doctor told me, this is a real problem, medicare, messing around with people's insurance, which for most people is medicare, is dangerous territory for any candidate for president.